The 2021 Asian Championships will be staged in Doha, Qatar from Wednesday 1st to Wednesday 8th September; the traditional seven events – men’s team, women’s team, men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, mixed doubles - will be held.
A prospectus is currently being prepared; it is anticipated that the formal invitation to enter will be available in early June.
Earlier this year in late February and early March, Doha successfully staged the World Table Tennis Middle East Hub events followed by the World and Asian Olympic Games Qualification tournaments.
Notably it will be the 25th time the Asian Championships have been staged under the auspices of the Asian Table Tennis Union, from 1952 to 1970 the governing body being the Table Tennis Federation of Asia. However, it is only the second time when Qatar has played host, the previous occasion being in 2000, a year when Chinese dominance was challenged.
China won both the men’s team and women’s team events; Lin Ling, who later changed allegiance to Hong Kong, secured women’s team gold, Yan Sen and Yang Ying emerged the mixed doubles winners. However, Chinese Taipei’s Chiang Peng-Lung won the men’s singles title, after partnering Chang Yen-Shu to men’s doubles success, the women’s doubles title was secured by Korea Republic’s Lee Eunsil and Seok Eunmi.
Two years ago in Yogyakarta, the most recent edition, it was very different, imposingly China completed the clean sweep.
Additional to the men’s team and women’s team events, Xu Xin won the men’s singles and partnered Liu Shiwen to mixed doubles success, Sun Yingsha emerged the women’s singles champion. Meanwhile, Liang Jingkun and Lin Gaoyuan combined to secure men’s doubles gold, the women’s doubles title finished in the hands of Ding Ning and Zhu Yuling.
Editor: Ian Marshall